Topic: RAN Relief Trust Fund

Keeping Watch supports Navy family after horror holiday accident

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Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali. (photo: )

Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali.

Enjoying a break from their ship by the pool of a resort, a well-earned holiday in Bali turned tragic for a young Navy couple when water-lover Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cooper Blackwood dived into the resort pool to cool down.

Christmas comes early

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra.

Every year the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund spreads Christmas cheer, and this year hundreds of Navy members will enjoy a happier Stand Down period after being granted loans to help them with some of the extra costs of the holiday season.

HMAS Penguin runners go gate to gate for Keeping Watch

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Runners starting the 41st annual HMAS Penguin Keeping Watch Gate to Gate Fun Run/Walk at Mosman, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Runners starting the 41st annual HMAS Penguin Keeping Watch Gate to Gate Fun Run/Walk at Mosman, Sydney.

A record 280 runners and power walkers turned out for the 41st annual HMAS Penguin Gate to Gate charity fun run on the shores of Middle Harbour in Sydney.

New look for the Next Generation - Navy charity gets a facelift

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

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Navy’s welfare fund Keeping Watch has unveiled a new logo, designed to better represent the RAN workforce and to draw attention to a worthy cause. 

Navy Health donation helps Navy keep watch over sailors in need

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

L-R: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, AM; Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN; Chief Executive Office Navy Health, Ron Wilson; Chairman Navy Health, Commodore Syd Lemon, Ret'd; Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN; and Commander Christina Ween, RAN; with the $15,000 cheque presented to Keeping Watch from Navy Health, during a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

L-R: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, AM; Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN; Chief Executive Office Navy Health, Ron Wilson; Chairman Navy Health, Commodore Syd Lemon, Ret'd; Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN; and Commander Christina Ween, RAN; with the $15,000 cheque presented to Keeping Watch from Navy Health, during a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Royal Australian Navy members in need have been given a boost with a donation of $15,000 to the Keeping Watch Navy benevolent fund.

More bucks banked for Keeping Watch

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Commander Christina Ween and Defence Bank’s Russell Branch Manager, Annie Chowdhry count the money collected from the International Women’s Day Barbeque held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Commander Christina Ween and Defence Bank’s Russell Branch Manager, Annie Chowdhry count the money collected from the International Women’s Day Barbeque held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Members serving at Navy Headquarters have dug deep for a worthy cause, raising more than $1,000 for the sailor support charity Keeping Watch.

New loans announced for long term sailors

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017.

Members who have served 7 years or more will be eligible for interest-free loans of up to $7000 under a new initiative by the RAN’s Relief Trust Fund announced this month.

Mateship matters - Christmas loans rise across the fleet

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Trustees with the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund formally endorse annual Christmas loans to Navy members at their end of year board meeting in Canberra. From left: Mr Lakesh Sundar; CMDR Christina Ween; LS Joanne Andrews; RADM Brett Wolski, AM; LCDR Susan Harris; CAPT Peter Dowton, CSC; WO Karen Sellars; and LEUT Luke Reynoldson. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Trustees with the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund formally endorse annual Christmas loans to Navy members at their end of year board meeting in Canberra. From left: Mr Lakesh Sundar; CMDR Christina Ween; LS Joanne Andrews; RADM Brett Wolski, AM; LCDR Susan Harris; CAPT Peter Dowton, CSC; WO Karen Sellars; and LEUT Luke Reynoldson.

Christmas has come early for hundreds of RAN members, who are struggling to make ends meet this festive season.

Steaming ahead with charitable donations

Published on by LSML-P Nick Magafas (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Rear Admiral Brett Wolski and Leading Seaman Nick Magfas accept a $4500 cheque from Mr Kevin Assenheim and Mr Allen Palmer who are part of the End of Steam Era Reunion 2017 which was donated to Keeping Watch. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Rear Admiral Brett Wolski and Leading Seaman Nick Magfas accept a $4500 cheque from Mr Kevin Assenheim and Mr Allen Palmer who are part of the End of Steam Era Reunion 2017 which was donated to Keeping Watch.

Navy's charity, Keeping Watch, owes its very existence to the spirit and generosity of its donors and recently, Keeping Watch was the recipient of a generous donation from a group of ‘old and bold’ steamers.

Festive fund relief for Navy personnel

Published on by CAPT Lisa Batchler (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued.

It was a jolly day in the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund Office on 5 December, when the staff hit the button to pay out $377,000 in interest free Christmas Loans to Navy personnel.